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Former Georgia Bulldog George Pickens Runs Eye-Opening 40-Yard Dash

March 4, 2022
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INDIANAPOLIS - Georgia fans already knew that George Pickens had some of the best ball skills in America. He proved that time after time during his short career in Athens.

Now, after tearing his ACL 12 months ago and missing almost the entire 2021 season, Pickens proved that he has NFL caliber speed as well. The 6-foot-3 195-pounder, knows for his incredibly reliable hands, showed off his speed at the NFL Combine on Thursday evening, running an unofficial 4.43 and 4.40 during his two runs.

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According to NFL.com, Pickens best official time was a 4.47.

That’s a blistering time for someone his size, especially considering that Pickens wasn’t necessarily knows as a “burner” during his time at Georgia.

Bulldog fans never got to see much of Pickens in his prime, as he didn’t become “the guy” in Athens until later in his freshman year, finishing the 2019 season with 49 receptions for 727 yards and 8 touchdowns. As a sophomore, Pickens’ productivity was a little down, but he continued to play like one of the best receivers in college football, catching 36 passes for 513 yards and 6 touchdowns.

After tearing his ACL in March of 2021, Pickens didn’t see action until Georgia’s final regular season game against Georgia Tech. Against all odds, Pickens still made an impact at the end of the season, catching 5 passes for 107 yards in his final few games as a Bulldog, ending his career as a national champion.

He was without a doubt one of the most talented receivers to ever suit up in the red and black, and he’s going to make one NFL team very happy at the end of April. The 2022 NFL Draft is loaded with talented wideouts, and if Pickens does make it out of the 1st round, look for the Jacksonville Jaguars to possibly snatch him up with their first pick in the 2nd round. The Jags, who need to surround QB Trevor Lawrence with more weapons, only have +550 odds to win the AFC South Division next year according to FanDuel.

In case anyone forgot, Kirby Smart and the Bulldogs flipped George Pickens away from Auburn on Signing Day in 2019, giving Georgia another massive Signing Day moment that Bulldog fans will never forget. His career may have been cut short, but it’s clear signing with Georgia over Auburn was one of the best decisions he’s ever made. 

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